Hungary (1690-1726) 10 ducats Fr-571

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 31194
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31194 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $29,375. The catalog description[1] noted, "Hermann Roth gold 10 Ducats ND (1690-1726) MS62 NGC, Kremnitz mint. An impressive, mint-state example of this seldom encountered, medallic-gold issue that features beautifully-illustrative design motifs. The obverse depicts St. George slaying the dragon with impeccable detail and the reverse presents dramatic imagery of Christ asleep on a boat with five frantic apostles, attempting to weather a tempestuous storm, IN TEMPESTATE SECURITAS (In the storm (is) safety) surrounding. A small 'R' is present on the obverse, and it is quite possible that this variation was struck under Jeremias Roth Senior who typically signed his medals "R" and whose dates overlap with Hermann Roth. A highly interesting selection from these medallic issues that were struck in Kremnitz beginning in the 17th century. Thought to bring good luck and protection from harm, these pieces were typically carried by their owners. A specimen that boasts both technical quality and rich symbolism, highly engaging as such." The Kremnitz ducats of Christian Hermann Roth and his heirs were struck during the last half of the seventeenth century and the first half of the eighteenth century in sizes ranging from half a ducat up to 100 ducats. The SCWC does not list them, dismissing them as medals, but they are mentioned in Friedberg.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 35 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-571 var, Huszar-8.

Source:

  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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